The Korean people and the progressive people the world over celebrated the centenary of the birth of President
The celebrations held to mark the centenary of the birth of President
Through the celebrations we demonstrated our steadfast faith and will to hold him up as the eternal leader of our Party and people, as well as the revolutionary mettle of the service personnel and people who have turned out in high spirits to achieve the final victory true to the Party’s call.
That we have held up President
Our Party, service personnel and people should hold him up eternally as the Sun of Juche, and accomplish his revolutionary cause with credit.
The 20th century was an era of revolutionary changes in the struggle of the masses of the people for their independence, changes unprecedented in human history, and an era of fierce struggle between the progressives and reactionaries, between socialism and imperialism. In this century full of changes, there were many renowned politicians and personages, who left traces in the shaping of the masses’ destiny and in the political history of the world, but none of them was a preeminent leader, a peerless patriot and a great revolutionary as our leader was, who, from his teens to eighties, adorned the century as a century of victory of the cause of anti-imperialist independence, the cause of socialism, by dint of unique ideology and leadership and ennobling virtue while enjoying the absolute support and trust of the people. The 20th century was, both in name and in reality,
He was a great leader of the people, who put forward the masses, once oppressed and exploited, as the master of history, and raised their dignity and value to the highest level possible.
His was a noble life of a people’s leader, who regarded “The people are my God” as his motto, applied it to his ideas and leadership and turned it into reality. For him, the masses of the people were always a teacher, and he was their loyal son. He began his revolutionary activities by going amongst them; the revolutionary activities were conducted always by relying on them, and they were dedicated, from beginning to end, to defending and achieving their independence. Thanks to these activities, the masses’ demand and aspiration for independence became ideas, theories, lines and policies, and the most revolutionary and scientific guidelines, which were easily understood by them and which indicated the true roads for them to take to shape their destiny, were provided.
Cherishing as his faith the revolutionary principle that the masses are the masters of the revolution and construction and they have the strength with which to propel the revolution and construction, he always went amongst the masses and enlisted their inexhaustible strength and creative wisdom in solving all the problems in conformity with their demands and interests.
His absolute trust in the people and devotion to them was the fundamental secret of the victories he achieved one after another in the revolution and construction while braving the difficulties and hardships unprecedented in history. As he placed trust in the masses and relied on them, he was able to push forward simultaneously the gigantic undertakings, like authoring a guiding ideology of the revolution, forming a vanguard organization, founding an army, awakening the masses to their ideological consciousness and organizing them, thus creating a new history of the Juche revolution and leading several stages of the difficult and complicated revolutionary struggle and the work of construction to victory without any mistake in his lines and without any failure.
The invincible socialist country that has been built on this land today and the revolutionary cause of Juche that is gaining victory after victory are precious fruits whose seeds he planted in the soil of the people and developed throughout his life. As they were led by him, the masses, once an object of history, could usher in a new era of history, the Juche era, when they are shaping their destiny by their own efforts while steering the wheel of the times and history.
Independence was the revolutionary creed, revolutionary mode and revolutionary practice he cherished and applied all his life. Already in the first days of his revolutionary struggle, he, with an uncommon wisdom and insight, clarified the truth of the revolution that independence is the life and soul of a country and a nation as well as the masses, and that, to achieve it, sycophancy and dogmatism should be rejected and the revolution be conducted in an independent and creative way. That he held high the banner of independence for the first time, formulated it as the fundamentals and mode of the revolution and applied it was an epochal event noteworthy in the history of human ideology and the history of the revolutionary struggle of the masses.
The Korean revolution was a serious political struggle, a class struggle, against imperialism, dominationism, sycophancy, dogmatism and revisionism, and an unprecedentedly complicated and arduous struggle that could not be won by means of the existing formula or methods. Free from the past, stained with sycophancy and dogmatism, Comrade
Through a great revolutionary practice, he proved that independence is the justice of history, the victory of the revolution and the basis of the development of fair international relations, and steered the historical current of the 20th century along the road of independence, thus opening a new chapter of history, when the masses, freed from domination and subjugation, wage the revolution of their respective countries in an independent way.
Great, indeed, was the resolution of Comrade
Today independence has become a vivid symbol of his personality as a peerlessly great man and a byword of our times serving to praise his revolutionary career and achievements.
The whole historical course of our people’s revolutionary struggle was beset with acute military confrontations, including the two revolutionary wars, when they had to wage a life-and-death struggle against the imperialist forces of aggression. He early advanced Juche-oriented military ideas and theories and put great emphasis on strengthening the revolutionary armed forces throughout his revolutionary career, always winning victories in the bloody fights and grave showdowns with the imperialist forces. In the revolutionary war against the Japanese imperialists and the Fatherland Liberation War he defeated the formidable imperialist enemies, who boasted of their numerical and technological edge, by dint of political and ideological, strategic and tactical superiority; the world people greatly admired and trusted him as an iron-willed commander, outstanding military strategist and symbol of victory in the anti-imperialist struggle.
In human history there has been recorded no such a leader of the type of military general as Comrade
He was the great of the greatest, who has no equal in terms of personalities both as a revolutionary and as a man.
He was a great revolutionary who devoted his all to achieving the victory of the revolution with infinite loyalty to the revolutionary cause. In the long period since he embarked on the road of revolution he only thought about the revolution and dedicated himself to it, working devotedly for its victory in spite of all the conceivable sorrows and agonies he experienced. He hardly took a good rest, even at an advanced age of over 80 giving on-site guidance at factories and rural villages. The world knows no such a great revolutionary as our President who, with devotion to the revolution and his people, finished all he should do by displaying superhuman energy till the last moment of his life and passed away in his office.
He was strong in faith and will and had unsurpassed pluck. In retrospect, the imperialists persisted in bringing pressure to bear upon our Republic and making military threats against it, and our revolution was faced with severe trials in countless numbers. Each time he boldly confronted the trials with the faith and assurance that we will emerge victorious as long as there are the Party, the government, the army and the people and with the matchless courage that there is always a way out even if the heavens may crumble; in this way he turned adversity and misfortune to good account, thus winning victory after victory.
He was the supreme incarnation of revolutionary comradeship. Proceeding from the principle that the revolution means comrades and vice versa, he began his revolutionary struggle by gaining comrades, creating the most beautiful history of revolutionary comradeship. In the long period of making the revolution he took responsibility for the destiny and future of those, whoever they may be and with whom he had come into comradely relations, and protected them to the last, holding all the revolutionary soldiers in his embrace and bestowing great trust and love on them. Thanks to his ennobling comradeship, in the initial days of the Korean revolution the ranks of new-type revolutionaries rallied on the basis of comradely love and obligation were formed, and at present the whole society, with his comradeship as the foundation, has turned into a world of comrades with their leader at the centre. The history of his revolutionary activities is the history of comradeship, which was opened up and recorded a series of victories by dint of comradeship.
He approached and looked after his people with a warm heart and in a simple and unceremonious manner. To the enemies, he was a tiger of Mt. Paektu, but to his men and people, a very kind-hearted and dear father. When talking to children, he became a child and to the elderly, their intimate friend; he cared for their innermost thoughts as a meticulous mother would do. When meeting workers, he held their grease-stained hands without reserve and in a rural village, had friendly talks with the peasants at the edge of a field; his speeches were often mixed with jokes, humorous and down to earth. Even though he was held in high respect and admiration by our people and progressive peoples of the world, he disallowed any special favour or privilege for himself, and always led a simple and frugal life with his people. So there was no gap between him and our people, from children to the elderly, and they admired and supported him with loyalty.
He was a holy person, magnanimous and broad-minded. His was a wide and benevolent embrace, in which all people who love their country and nation were held for care and protection. He embraced and trusted all those who love their country and nation, regarding them as his eternal companions on the road for the motherland and fellow countrymen. As he approached and embraced people with great magnanimity and benevolence, even those who had committed crimes against the nation in the past could make their life brilliant on the road for their motherland and fellow countrymen, following him as the benefactor for their revival and the father of their nation.
Having been endowed with humaneness, boundless in width and depth, he kept close ties of friendship with party and state leaders as well as a large number of prominent figures in the political, social and academic circles of various countries of the world, who aspired for independence. Anyone who had ever met him, although they had different ideologies and political views, expressed boundless admiration and respect for him as they were attracted by his noble personality. That is why he was the richest in like-minded people and friends in the world.
He ushered in the new era of the Juche revolution by authoring the Juche idea, led several stages of social revolution towards a brilliant victory by embodying the idea and performed exploits in every field of the revolution and construction.
The Juche idea he authored and applied creditably into revolutionary practice is the eternal banner of victory of our revolution.
The Juche idea, a revolutionary ideology based on the integrated system of a man-centred philosophical idea, revolutionary theory and leadership method, is a perfect guiding ideology of the revolution which indicates the road for the masses to take in their struggle for independence.
The idea established a man-centred outlook on the world, with the result that it opened the way for man to shape the social history and his own destiny in an independent way with the self-consciousness that he is the master of the world and his own destiny.
Being advanced as a man-centred revolutionary theory and leadership method, it clearly indicates the way for the masses to successfully carry out the revolution and construction and brilliantly accomplish the cause of their independence under whatever complicated circumstances and conditions by relying on the revolutionary and scientific theory, strategy, tactics and method.
The Juche idea, as it is a man-centred view of the world and revolutionary theory and method, is a revolutionary ideology, most reasonable, universal and valid, which all those who aspire after independence can easily sympathize with and accept as their own. This is evidenced by the glorious history of our revolution which has traversed a proud road of victory under the banner of the Juche idea and the reality of today when the aspiration for global independence is mounting as the days go by under the rays of the Juche idea.
The Juche idea is an encyclopaedic, revolutionary ideology representing the whole historical stages of implementing the cause of independence of the masses, the cause of socialism, and a great ideology guiding mankind to the future.
The revolutionary exploits Comrade
A revolutionary party, government and army are the most powerful political weapon that assures a revolutionary cause of its start, progress and victory. History shows that the destiny of the revolution, the destiny of socialism, is decided by how the party, government and army are built and how the people are prepared politically and ideologically.
As there are the Workers’ Party of Korea, a Juche-type revolutionary party which was founded and developed by Comrade
The sure guarantee for firmly safeguarding our socialism and achieving the prosperity of the country and nation consists in further developing the party, state and army of Comrade
Socialism of our style, the greatest patriotic heritage bequeathed by Comrade
Socialism of our style centred on the masses is a genuine socialism where they are the masters of the country and society and everything in the country and society serves them; it is an invincible socialism as it has struck its roots deep in the life and living of our people. When socialism collapsed in several countries of the world in the previous century, the imperialist reactionaries made a big fuss about the “end” of socialism, but socialism of our style is here to stay even in the worldwide political turmoil and further, it is bringing about epoch-making changes in all the political, military, economic and cultural fields.
Our socialism is an invincible socialism, in which the leader, the Party and the masses are united single-heartedly.
That all the people are firmly rallied around the leader in ideology, purpose and moral obligation and the whole society has turned into a great family in which all its members help and lead one another forward in a comradely manner is the essential feature of socialism of our style and the source of its inexhaustible strength. Our single-hearted unity of the whole Party, the entire army and all the people around the leader constitutes today a sure guarantee for the political stability and solidity of our state and society and a powerful force that defends the socialist country and dynamically propels the revolution and construction.
Our socialism is an independent socialism strong in the Juche character and national identity.
The Juche character is the nature of socialism, and independence in politics, self-sufficiency in the economy and self-reliance in national defence are the road to achieving the eternal victory and prosperity of our style of socialism. Independent politics makes it possible to formulate lines and policies in keeping with the fundamental principles of the revolution and the people’s demand for and interests in independence and consistently implement them however difficult and complicated the situation may be, so as to lead the revolution and construction to victory, and to exercise complete sovereignty and equal rights in the external relations so as to exalt the dignity and might of the country. The self-supporting national economy and Juche-oriented national culture enable us to break through the cutting edge and build a scientific and technological power, a knowledge-based economic power, in the 21st century by dint of our strength, technology and resources, and to usher in a new golden age of culture and the arts. The self-reliant defence capabilities with the Korean People’s Army as the core reliably defend the socialist motherland from imperialist aggression, provide a definite military guarantee for the building of a thriving nation and ensure peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the rest of Asia.
To preserve the national identity, together with the Juche character, of the revolution and construction is a fundamental principle in the implementing of the socialist cause. Comrade
By successfully solving the problem of carrying forward the revolutionary cause, Comrade
He regarded this problem not simply as a problem of handing over the leadership position at the time when a generation of the revolution is being replaced by another, but as an important problem of preserving and developing the revolutionary ideas and cause of the leader through generations and of deciding the future destiny of the revolution. From this point of view, he paid special attention to solving the problem.
He clarified that what is fundamental in ensuring the continuity of the revolutionary cause is a problem of the successor to the leader, and solved it perfectly. Along with this, he paid special attention to the work of inheriting and developing the revolutionary traditions in their pure form and preparing the younger generations as stalwart heirs to the revolution, and ensured that the work bore a brilliant fruition. His extraordinary foresight and sagacious leadership created a brilliant example of solving the problem of carrying forward the revolutionary cause.
Today the officers and men of our People’s Army, the youths and other people are waging a worthwhile struggle to build a thriving socialist nation and accomplish the Juche revolutionary cause along the road of Juche that the forerunners of the revolution pioneered at the cost of their blood, and are full of confidence in a brighter future.
Having set national reunification as the supreme patriotic cause of the nation, Comrade
By formulating the three charters for national reunification, he had laid solid foundations, on which all the Korean people in the north, south and abroad could form a powerful driving force of national reunification, and put an end to the interference of outside forces and hasten the independent reunification of the country by their concerted efforts. Thanks to his valuable heritage for realizing the cause of national reunification, the national reunification movement today is vigorously advancing along the road of independent reunification even in the grave situation created by the extreme anti-reunification manoeuvres of separatist forces within and without.
Through the energetic external activities Comrade
History proves that only when Comrade
He formulated Comrade
He ensured that Kimilsungism shone more brilliantly as an revolutionary ideology with great vitality and eternal life by continuously developing Comrade
The General brilliantly carried out the cause of immortalizing the leader for the first time in history, with the result that our Party and people could add lustre to the revolutionary career and undying revolutionary exploits of Comrade
In the 90s of the previous century, when our country was faced with severe ordeals, he formulated Songun politics as the basic mode of socialist politics, and, by dint of Songun, not only reliably safeguarded our country and socialism but raised our country securely to the position of a politico-ideological power and a military power and opened up a new era of building a thriving socialist nation. Songun politics is an ever-victorious politics which fully guarantees the triumphant advance of the socialist cause of Juche by realizing Comrade
Regarding military affairs as the most important of all state affairs, the General brought up our army into the formidable revolutionary armed forces and developed our motherland into a self-defensive military power that no aggressive forces dare attack. And by developing our army into the main force of the revolution that takes the lead in supporting the Party’s leadership, he achieved the harmonious whole between the Party and the army and the great unity between the service personnel and the people, thus consolidating the foundation of our society rock-firm.
He continued his forced march of field guidance without resting for a moment for the prosperity of the country and for the well-being of the people, in the course of which he kindled the flames of a new great revolutionary upsurge throughout the country. Thanks to his tireless and energetic leadership, the national economy was put on a Juche-oriented, modern and scientific footing on a higher level, the foundations for bringing about a turn in the improvement of the people’s living standards were laid, and the building of socialist culture greeted a new golden age.
It is a century’s miracle wrought by Comrade
True to Comrade
Thanks to his unusual wisdom, unexcelled leadership ability, iron will and superhuman devotion, our socialist country, Songun Korea, is shining its brilliance all over the world along with the august name of Comrade
As there was Comrade
The 100-year history of Juche Korea is the most sacred and glorious history resplendent with the august names and revolutionary exploits of Comrade
The course of history
To hold Comrade
The times may pass and we may encounter ordeals, but we must invariably advance along the road of independence, the road of Songun and the road of socialism, which Comrade
Cherishing the absolute and immutable faith that Comrade
We must raise Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism as the one and only guiding ideology and permanent guidelines of the revolution and advance the revolution and construction as demanded by it.
We must continuously develop our Party, state and army into those of Comrade
All sectors and units must add brilliance to the leadership exploits of the great leaders associated with the respective sectors and units and carry out their instructions so as to translate their lifetime intentions and wishes into reality.
We must achieve a fresh victory in the building of a thriving socialist nation by waging a general offensive under the leadership of the Party.
It is necessary to defend firmly and consolidate rock-solid the single-hearted unity between the Party and the revolutionary ranks, so as to demonstrate the might of the political and ideological power, strengthen the People’s Army further and build up defences of the country so that they are impregnable.
All sectors and units of the national economy must bring about a fresh upsurge in production and construction by making the flames of Hamnam and the flames of the industrial revolution in the new century kindled by Comrade
We must creditably carry forward the ideas of the great leaders on building Juche-oriented culture and the exploits they achieved in this regard, so as to display the superiority and validity of the socialist culture of our own style.
In the general offensive for the building of a thriving socialist nation, the Party, working people’s organizations and power organs must decisively enhance their role, and all the officials must fulfil their responsibility and duty as the commanding personnel of the revolution.
We must carry out the ennobling patriotic intentions and behests of the great leaders so as to realize the historic cause of national reunification without fail. We must expand and develop the external relations of the country under the principles of independence, peace and friendship and render active contributions to the cause of global independence.
Our party, army and people will faithfully carry forward the ideas and cause of Comrade